The novel The Day the Cowboys Quit received the Spur award in 1971 for the best western novel. Another great one from Kelton. He earned us our freedom. Both are about money and miscommunication, plus the basics of life and entitlement. Not so with this book, and I think whenever I'm in the mood for a western I spent a good 15 years of my life as a horse lover ,I'll turn to Elmer Kelton. He thinks about his conscience and his own character.
However, it was rough being a cowboy! The Cowboys' streak of 160 sold-out regular and post-season games began in 1990, and included 79 straight sellouts at their home, Texas Stadium, and 81 straight sell-outs on the road. Those very same ranchers want to take away the cowboys' right to own cattle because this ownership, the ranchers believe, would lead to thieving. Elmer Kelton has done a good job in chronicling the changes in Texas in the 1880s when the land changes from being a raw frontier to one that is more settled. He heard many cowboy stories, but later learned that most of them where made up. The author seems to have researched this event very well, which is evidenced by his ability to provide numerous details to back up his assertions. The book was actually humorous but in a tragic setting.
Starting to feel unjust Rascal took out his colt and shot Dodge in his arm! Railroads made cattle more profitable and there was a never-ending demand for beef in the big cities back east. Both are about money and miscommunication, plus the basics of life and entitlement. Their next step was to try and take away all the cattle that was still owned by the remaining cowboys like Hitchcock and his friends Rascal and Law. I found myself feeling uncomfortable throughout the novel, not because of the writing, but because the story and characters were painted so vividly, I felt as if I were in the scene having to choose. Cheating was a very common thing back in the day.
I'd like to say this book was all cowboy, it sure felt that way as I was listening to it. They were well worn and could not be mistaken for the boots worn by other boys, which always appeared as if fresh out of the box. Kelton's books are meticulous in their attention to facts and details. Archived from on August 26, 2009. Kelton was born April 29th, 1926 in West Texas. It's obvious that there is a lot of land covered in this book because they are on a cattle drive. Meet the Author Elmer Kelton April 29, 1926 — August 22, 2009 was an American journalist and writer, known particularly for his Western novels.
The first Americanism that I located in this novel was that of Yankee ingenuity. He gets caught up in the decisions that were made for him and as such, he ends up having some regrets. They may not be able to understand the feelings of the cowboys and the ranchers, but they can find some way to relate to the relationship and the struggle for power between the ranchers and those people they wanted to control. And poor Hugh Hitchcock found himself in the middle. The Day the Cowboys Quit is a good place to start. They were the prettiest I have ever.
It took me a few pages to get hooked. Cowboys were as young as 15, and most retired at around 40. Kelton had a deep comprehension of the strike psychology, of the ambiguity that plagues supporters and opponents alike. This book has taught me to look at both sides of an issue before addressing it. It became an era of one conflict after another, people were unhappy left to right, corruption was rampant and power when. In the daytime, Tascosa was a thriving center for trade and supply.
He felt that his cowboys were like his friend and he wouldn¡¦t do this to them. The cowboy way of the open rangeland is quickly disappearing as settlers move in and towns spring up, the cattle business falls under the influence of venture capital from the East, and rough justice must give way to law and order. I will always recommend Kelton books. Their respected backgrounds impacted their views of Brown and his actions. I can see why this made top lists for western novels. The time is 1883,the place is the Texas Panhandle.
The cowboys had always been stereotyped as drinkers, and now, they refused to be stigmatized as drinkers and exploited by the wealthy cattle owners who have plenty of money, but don't even pay livable wages to the cowboys. But the story is really about a man's values regarding loyalty, friendship and honesty. And it is sad how the large corporations moved in, and kept men from bettering their situation. This were the old days, in which being a rancher and cattle owner, was one of the few ways to get wealthy and every cowboy knew how to become one if they really wanted to. He was the only real cowboy. They lack a dissident and skeptical spirit.